2017-05-14 18:00:46

/ May 14, 2017 - 6:00 pm / 31 min / Viewed 367 times

Ephesians 3:1-13

The Catholic Church

God’s vital institution …
I. Genuine Saints
A. That Number
B. A Multitude
II. Real Communion
A. Deep Bond
B. Tangible Love
III. A Household of Grace
A. Forgiven Sinners
B. Forgiving Sinners
… calling out to a dying world.

Heidelberg Catechism
Lord’s Day 21
54. Q. What do you believe concerning the holy catholic Christian church?
A. I believe that the Son of God, out of the whole human race,
from the beginning of the world to its end,
gathers, defends, and preserves for Himself, by His Spirit and Word, in the
unity of the true faith,
a church chosen to everlasting life.
And I believe that I am and forever shall remain a living member of it.
55. Q. What do you understand by the communion of saints?
A. First, that believers, all and everyone,
as members of Christ have communion with Him and share in all His
treasures and gifts.
Second, that everyone is duty-bound to use his gifts readily and cheerfully
for the benefit and well-being of the other members.
56. Q. What do you believe concerning the forgiveness of sins?
A. I believe that God, because of Christ’s satisfaction,
will no more remember my sins, nor my sinful nature, against which I have
to struggle all my life,
but He will graciously grant me the righteousness of Christ, that I may never
come into condemnation.